Immediately following President Obama’s pledge Thursday that insurance carriers can offer a one-year renewal of plans that were cancelled for not complying with the ACA, industry members were already warning of numerous practical obstacles.

“I don’t believe it will be easy simply flipping the switch,” said Robin Frick, an agent at Combined Benefits Administrators in Madisonville, La., and past president of Louisiana Association of Health Underwriters. On Thursday just minutes after the announcement she said her first questions would be: “Have you spoken to the carriers and are they able to, within their states, go ahead and reactivate those plans? Did they yank them off their platforms entirely?”

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